National Geographic : 1899 Jun
SAMOA: NA VIGATORS ISLANDS however, is not carried on at these fireplaces, but, save in the worst of weather, is always performed at some distance from the dwelling-house. An entire village often lends a hand in the erec tion of a house for a newly married couple. The Samoans are physically well formed; they have straight hair and regular features, and are very much like Europeans in SAMOAN CHIEF expression. Their natural disposition is open and amiable, and the absence of a thieving propensity is a most marked charac teristic. In war they have proved themselves brave and hardy, and in victory disposed to lean toward mercy. They possess great mental ability, and are capable under favorable circum stances of great improvement.